Top 5 topics on real estate investing in Germany

This week, we want to share with you the top five topics on real estate investing in Germany from our community.

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1. Can a foreigner buy property in Germany?
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2. Can a non-EU citizen buy property in Germany?
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3. Is this the right time to buy property in Germany?
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4. How much does a property manager charge for an apartment Munich [Germany]?
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5. What’s the leasing term like for residential units in Munich [Germany]?
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3 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

Before you start looking into specific real estate investments, you must understand some key factors that might affect your decision.  So, we think it would be a great idea to give you a quick reminder before starting your search. 

The Economy
The real estate market is closely linked with the economic cycle. Even if the property is sound, your investment (at least on a mark-to-market basis) might be dragged by economic factors. During the economic downturn, there tend to be some negative effects, such as the unemployment rate rises, and consumption level decreases. These combined might cause risks to your investment.

Government Policies
Government policies affect the economy and influence (both local and foreign) investors’ sentiment. During political instability, people might delay their purchases or sales to wait for the certainty of the directions and the policy implications. Tax credits, deductions, and subsidies are some of the ways that policy may affect your investment.

Supply and demand
Population demographics affect how real estate is priced and what type of properties are in demand. Additionally, social and cultural aspects might affect different markets in certain areas. Being aware of these trends can help you to think about your investment strategy.

All these factors are intertwined and it’s all about timing. Understanding the connection can help you to conduct a better evaluation of potential investments. If you are uncertain about what you want, speak to real estate experts! They can deliver the knowledge and insights you need to fast track your search. 

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The Forces That Will Shape The Future of Real Estate Investing

Global funding in PropTech reached more than USD 4 Billion in 2019, according to Pitchbook. It’s worth considering how technological advancements will shape the future of real estate investing. “The Inevitable: Understanding The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future”, a book by Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine and one of the leading technology thinkers of our generation, forecasted technological imperatives that will shape and transform our society over the next thirty years. More specifically, 3 out of the 12 forces, mentioned in the book, will inevitably transform real estate investing on a massive scale: the force of sharing, filtering, and questioning.

Sharing
We now live in a world of abundant information – with just a few clicks away, internet services (like Google or Wikipedia) demonstrate the power of networking effect. Technology can enhance collaboration within a community on a mass-scale. Experts, from different parts of the world with different expertise, share their knowledge freely to foster better collaboration.
 
Filtering
With the abundance of choices we are exposed to, it is impossible to assess everything ourselves. Filtering is needed to select the few but right things we should pay attention to. With the combination of crowdsourcing, expert curators, and technology advancement, real estate investors can harness strong personalization to obtain tailored suggestions and the best available projects that suit their appetite.
 
Questioning
“Every year we ask the Internet a trillion questions, and every year the search engines give back a trillion answers,” says Kevin Kelly. The future technologies will unleash enormous big questions that we could have never thought to ask before. Promoting the freedom to ask good quality questions are far more valuable than good answers. Real estate investors will constantly explore to ask unique personalized questions to find the best result.
 
We at Denzity believe those phenomena will fill the gap – providing better-informed decisions to real estate investors for their increasing appetite for cross-border diversification. As such, we constantly challenge ourselves during our product design on how we can deliver a better experience for your exploration in the world of real estate investing. 

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6 New Forum Features To Help You Navigate

We want to share with you a quick update with some recent improvements we’ve made. Also, we want to take a chance to give our sincere thanks to our community for the many feedback, suggestions, and support. We are constantly making our platform easier for you to gain better real estate insights and knowledge.

  1. Expert badge. Allowing you to spot the real estate experts easily, we have added a badge next to their username. The expert badge is only for the experts that we approve of.
  2. Popular tags. You’ll notice that there is a list of popular tags on the top right corner. That’s so you can find the most popular topics in our community. By clicking on the tags, you can find the relevant topics instantly.
  3. Suggested topics. Beneath the popular tags section, we have added a suggested topic section to show other posts you might be interested in.
  4. Events page. You can find upcoming experts’ exhibitions, conferences, and networking events through the Events page.
  5. Post voting. Letting the community knows what you think of the posts! When you find a post useful or relevant, you can upvote it. If you think a post is not useful or off-topic, you can downvote it.
  6. Search bar. You’ll see the search bar at the top right corner. It is a simple and fast way to know if there are any relevant topic you might be interested in. If not, start at a post and get a conversation going!

For more, you can check our forum: https://forum.denzity.io/category/2/mainboard-ask-us-anything

Weekly Digest: Top 5 topics on real estate investing in Japan

This week, we want to share with you the top five topics on real estate investing in Japan from our community.

  1. How would the gambling license affect the Japan hotel market?
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  2. What’s the process for foreigners to buy Japanese houses?
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  3. Which area in Kyoto [Japan] should I look for a vacation home that is also close to the train station?
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  4. How much tax should I pay when I sell my condo [Japan]?
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  5. Would you suggest investing in Japan car parks?
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4 Things You Should Let Your Agent/Broker Know

Many real estate investors don’t know what they want and aren’t able to articulate their needs with the agent/broker. The key here is forming a trust so that your agent/broker is clear on your needs & preferences. Make sure you have the systems in mind before engaging with an agent/broker, too.

  1. What is your expectation? Start with managing each other’s expectations to avoid wasting time and effort. If you have a maximum amount you want to spend, or will not consider a certain area, or you have a definite timeline, you should articulate clearly.
  2. What are your past or current property investments? You can tell a lot through evaluating your past and existing real estate investments. It can give your agent/broker a better understanding of your investment appetite.
  3. What is the purpose of the purchase? Are you planning to move into the property? Is it strictly an investment? Is it for your future children when they move there for school? This would affect a lot on what types of properties your agent/broker would suggest.
  4. How long are you planning to keep the property until you sell? Similar to the previous point, the expected investment holding period affects the strategy of property investment.

If you are clear on these details at the initial stage, you are more likely to find the property of your dreams without wasting your precious time and effort.

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PropTech: Past, Present, and Future.

PropTech: Past, Present, & Future

It’s no secret that real estate is one of the largest industries in the world, yet it is one of the last to adopt the technology. It is no surprise that a large number of startups have spawned to tackle this industry. Beyond headline-grabbing companies like Compass, Opendoor, and Airbnb, critical problems remain in our industry that entrepreneurs are yet to solve.

Since the 1980s, there have been three major waves in PropTech (Property Tech).

Early PropTech from 1980 to 2000: With the introduction of basic solutions such as Excel, real estate companies began to implement enterprise software solutions in their workflow to drive more quantitative approaches to their investments and portfolio management (such as Yardi, CoStar, and Loopnet). These solutions tend to be closed-form while requiring heavy customization.

PropTech 1.0 from 2001 to 2007: With the increasing demand to seek information, real estate online aggregators emerge (such as Redfin, Zillow, and Trulia). Like other social media and e-commerce portals, these online aggregators allow users to find incumbent information by leveraging their cross-sided network effects.

PropTech 2.0 from 2008 to 2019: As consumer-preferred access over ownership (the shared economy movement), companies (such as Airbnb, Opendoor, and PurpleBricks) are focused on improving user experience and participation. 

PropTech 3.0 from present to beyond: According to CB Insights, venture funding in PropTech from 2008 to 2018 has increased from USD 20 Million to more than USD 4 Billion. The increasing interest in PropTech has grown considerably as many pain points still exist.

We at Denzity believe the fragmented and inefficient process in real estate transactions need to be addressed and solved. Firstly, as investors have access to limited information and data set, they still rely on their intuitions when making an investment. Secondly, there is a lack of investment options that investors can access. Therefore, we want to introduce solutions to digitize workflows and elevate the transparency so that better investment decisions can be made.

Denzity Forum is one of the solutions that seek to solve a real estate investor’s pain point on understanding how to carry out the due diligence process properly before investing in a real estate project. The forum is always improving, and we always challenge ourselves to make it as easy to use as possible.

You can sign up to the forum here: https://forum.denzity.io/

Thanks for staying tuned and speak to you soon.

Darren

Co-Founder, Denzity


Denzity Weekly Digest: Top topics on real estate investing in the United Kingdom

This week, we want to share with you the top topics on real estate investing in the United Kingdom.

For outside of London, where is the opportunity now for a property that expected to sell in 5 to 7 years’ time?
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As a foreigner that invests in a UK property at a total of GBP 700,000 including equity and debt, how much tax would I pay?
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What is the cap rate for the area in Manchester [United Kingdom]?
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I don’t understand the council tax in the UK. Why is the rate different for all apartments?
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What is the process of buying a property (an apartment) in London?
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Finding The Right Experts

Denzity. Find the right experts

Whenever my buddies and I are geeking out on real estate investments, we always share what we learned and why we think our projects have potential. The truth is that not many people (like us) understand how to carry out the due diligence process properly before investing in a real estate project. Denzity Forum helps you find tailored advice directly from experts.

In our previous post [https://bit.ly/343bMiV], we described how Denzity Forum works. I want to give you a better idea of what kind of experts you would need.

Good due diligence starts by finding the right experts experienced in pointing out key things to consider. Experts involved in a real estate transaction typically include brokers, surveyors, lawyers, asset and property managers, tax advisors, appraisers, financiers, developers, and so on. 

Real estate in different regions carry attributes that require specific knowledge to better evaluate an investment. As the market becomes more competitive, each type of professional has specialized their domain.

For example, brokers may specialize in a specific property type, size or location, with their own strategic expertise. When facing a mountain of investment opportunities, each with a different angle, it’s important to ask questions in an inclusive community of experts to share their knowledge with you.

Whenever you post a question on Denzity Forum, we reach out to experts we have worked with or been referred to. Our goal is to find you the best quality answers. If we feel your question should have multiple sources, we invite multiple experts to provide you with different perspectives. By crowdsourcing information from multiple sources, you can make a better-informed decision of what your preferred projects are.

I can’t wait for you to start using Denzity Forum. We hope every time you visit our community-driven forum, you gain better insights and knowledge for your exploration.

You can sign up to the forum here: https://forum.denzity.io/

Thanks for staying tuned and speak to you soon.

Darren 

Co-Founder, Denzity

Real Estate Investment Insights And Access A Global Community Of Experts

We started Denzity to help users learn about the real estate fractional ownership (“REFO”) industry and its impending impact.

However, there are many concerns when it comes to real estate investing, such as insufficient information, lack of options, and liquidity. Investors should also take into consideration market trends and outlooks, legal structure, tax regulations, benchmarking, and due diligence. 

From my experience, a lot of people are interested in real estate investing but (frankly) don’t know where to start. This is why we are launching Denzity Forum. Our forum allows you to post specific questions (in real estate investing) and we find experts to share their insights. 

Think Quora for real estate investing. 

For example,

“I am a Hong Kong citizen and looking to invest in real estate based in Vancouver. What type of tax would I be subject to?”

“I want to look into properties in France. What is the investing procedure that might be different?”

“I have a budget of HKD 500,000. Where can I buy a nice vacation house in Spain?”

To find the answer, you’d typically need to contact a few brokers & professionals with the hopes they have that knowledge. On Denzity, it’s our job to find the right experts for you!

Our current direction is to bridge a community of like-minded, real estate enthusiasts with experts around the world. By enabling greater in exploring the global real estate investment world, make your money generate better returns with real estate exposure. 

You can sign up for the forum here: https://forum.denzity.io/

Thanks for staying tuned and speak to you soon.

Darren 

Co-Founder, Denzity